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Daily Mail chief sports reporter Matt Lawton reveals that, despite what Everton claimed today to Sky Sports UK, Romelu Lukaku have signed for Manchester United.

In fact, according to the British journalist his “senior sources” at the Red Devils have confirmed the deal for the Everton star.

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Now, it’s possible that the Toffees dismissed the news that was leaked this morning to wait for a Chelsea last minute bid, as the player was known to have agreed personal terms with the Blues, but it seems United are certain to have closed the signing of the Belgian striker for £ 75m, as it was reported in the British media this morning.

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Chelsea are close to agree a deal for Juventus star Alex Sandro, but the Brazilian is not the only full-back the Blues have targeted and the Stamford Bridge outfit is set to challenge the Bianconeri to sign Real Madrid full-back Danilo.

Juventus eyed the Champions of Europe player as the ideal replacement for Sandro, who is set to join Chelsea when he will be back from his holidays, but Antonio Conte wants more men on the flanks as the Blues will be involved also in Champions League next year, so he has targeted Danilo as well.

Danilo is contracted with Real Madrid but the Merengues have already told the player’s entourage that the Brazilian – who was signed from Porto for € 40m in 2015 and din’t have much playing time at the Spanish side-  can leave for an offer close to € 30 million.

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica Chelsea are ready to make an opening € 27/28 million bid to sign the 25-year-old.

​Juventus have already begun transfer talks with Real Madrid but the Spanish champions have rejected the Bianconeri loan offer with € 23 million option to buy.

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According to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti leaking and then immediately dismissing the news of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £ 75m is Everton’s way to force Chelsea’s move in the deal.

It has been rumoured for over a month that the Belgian striker and the Blues already agreed personal terms, but the two club still have to agree a money fee.

“United have (previously) been linked with Lukaku as well,” Marcotti said on ESPN FC.

“You can draw other elements into this, the fact that Mourinho is supposedly frustrated at the fact that at this stage of the summer, all they’ve brought in so far is Victor Lindelof.

“My reading of this is that you’ve got United talking to Everton over Rooney, we know that, why not accelerate this by pushing Lukaku along as well?

“If I had to guess I would say this story originates with Everton and I think it’s a way of trying to keep the gears in motion.

“Trying to get Chelsea to come up with a serious bid, trying to test United’s resolve if they really want Lukaku or whether they’re still operating on Morata.”

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English media reported Romelu Lukaku/ Manchester United as a done deal during the morning but Everton themselves dismissed the news through Sky Sports News.

The Belgian striker was said to be set to move to Old Trafford for a £ 75m fee but after an hour the news was reported, Sky Sports News revealed that senior sources at Goodison Park dismissed the deal.

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Lukaku is one of Chelsea‘s main targets and it was rumoured he had already agreed personal terms with the Blues, but the deal was not official yet as the Stamford Bridge side still had to agree a fee with Everton.

 

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Manchester United current academy director Nicky Butt is enthusiastic about a possible move of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford.

The Serbian international is the main José Mourinho‘s target to revamp his midfield and he’s rumoured to be close to seal the deal with the Red Devils.

Speaking to Unibet, Nicky Butt said:

“He’s the type of player who’d be happy to sit in front of back four, a team player who doesn’t get the same attention of a goalscorer.

“He does the work that is appreciated by his teammates. The best players in a team are not always the match winners, but those who can play in a team,” the former Man United player concluded.

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After collecting only 10 appearances -most of which for a few minutes – with Chelsea in the last season Nathaniel Chalobah is desperate to get some playing time, that is why he is considering a move to Watford.

The Chelsea midfielder, who is a product of the Blues academy, can join the Hornets with a £5m plus add-ons permanent move.

Chalobah is aware that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who rates him highly but was not able to give him any assurances about first team opportunities.

With Tiemoué Bakayoko set to sign for the Stamford Bridge side in this transfer window Chalobah’s chances to play will be even more limited than in the past.

The England U-21 international already spent a season on loan at Watford, in 2012/2013, when the Hornets still were in the Championship: he made 38 appeareances and scored five goals.

According to Sky Sport Italia Inter are keen to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

The Nerazzurri are looking for a centre-back and after signing Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria ( even if the deal is not official yet) they are looking for another young player to revamp their defense.

Rumours claim Inter directors enquired with Chelsea about Christensen situation: the 21-year-old impressed in his two years long loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach and he is now set to join the Blues first team squad for the pre-season.

Should he fail to gain Antonio Conte’s trust he will be on the market again but it’s not clear yet if Chelsea are keen for a loan or a permanent move for the Danish talent.

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Chelsea legend John Terry left the Blues after 22 years among youth teams and first team: yesterday his signing for Aston Villa was announced, with the former Blues skipper admitting he didn’t want to join a Premier League side to not face Chelsea.

Now, Terry admits he would love to return at Stamford Bridge as a manager:

That’s a goal. Me and Lamps [Frank Lampard] have had those conversations. Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big. I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management then Chelsea’s the one. That would be incredible but I realise as well you can’t go in somewhere like Chelsea as your first job.

“You need to go and learn, whether that’s in the academy like Stevie [Gerrard] is doing. It’s difficult to get jobs. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would get. So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”

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Ajax wonderkid Daishawn Redan appears to have signed for Chelsea, who beat other Premier League rivals in the race to the 16-year-old.

Redan has been photographed at Stamford Bridge holding up a No.9 jersey, with the Blues looking to have beaten plenty of Premier League rivals for his signature.

In fact, also Manchester United, Manchester City and RB Leipzig were keen on the young Dutch talent.

You can watch some of his skills in this video:

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Last week was rumoured that Robert Lewandowski was set to leave Bayern Munich after some misunderstandings with his manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and the club.

Lewandowski was also linked to Chelsea, that are looking for a forward with Diego Costa set to leave, but German side immediately claimed that no issues were present with the Polish striker, who was set to remain a Bayern player.

Explaining the situation, Ancelotti is quoted as having remarked about a lack of help with regards to winning the Bundesliga Golden Boot, coming from Lewandowski,

“Lewandowski has never complained to me, I finally congratulated him on his good season. I was satisfied with him and he was pleased with us.

“As always there are agents who talk too much, I do not know why. It is not the first time an agent has used the newspapers to say something wrong, that’s all. In a perfect world, agents do not talk.”

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